Reputed New York crime boss shot dead outside home

Reputed Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead In Front Of Staten Island Home

Reputed Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead In Front Of Staten Island Home

Shortly after, emergency responders arrived on the scene and Cali, who was born in New York City, was transported to Staten Island University North Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He died in prison in 2002.

The Gambino crime family has been in the spotlight for years because of its high-profile former leaders, the late John Gotti and his son John "Junior" Gotti.

Police sources told The New York Times that year it was likely he died in retaliation for Castellano's killing or was the victim of a power struggle within the Gambino family.

He is the first reputed mob boss murdered in New York City in 30 years.

Reputed mafia boss Frank Cali was shot to death near his SUV outside his home on Staten Island Wednesday night.

Police say DeCicco "took the brunt of the blast" when he opened the passenger side door of a 1985 Buick Electra.

A panicked family member called 911, telling a dispatcher Cali was deliberately run over before he was shot, sources said.

According to NBC New York, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had described him as the underboss of the Gambino crime syndicate and was related through marriage to the Inzerillo family in Sicily.

Reputed Gambino Crime Boss Frank Cali Shot Dead In Front Of Staten Island Home

Paul Castellano in 1959.

Cali, 53, said to be head of the infamous Gambino crime family, may not have seen the blue pickup truck approaching before it mowed him down.

In 1992, Gotti was convicted in Castellano's murder and a multitude of other crimes.

The Gambinos" rise to become one of the most powerful mafia families in America started in 1957, when the family's namesake, Carlos Gambino - an Italian immigrant - orchestrated the murder of Albert Anastasia, who had organized a collection of Italian gangs into what now would be considered a "crime family'.

Last October, Bonanno crime family associate Sylvester Zottola, 71, was gunned down at a Bronx McDonald's drive-thru as he waited for a coffee. He served a 16-month sentence.

The day after Castellano's December 1985 murder, The New York Times called the Mob boss' death "highly stylized", but Giuliani dismissed such morbid romanticism.

Four days before the meeting, "On The Inside" reported that Cali was the choice among his comrades, who respected Cali's strong low-key, old-world approach to doing business successfully without attracting fanfare or agita.

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